Miami Heat: Bench Overcomes Struggle Of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade
The Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats by a score of 97-81 on Saturday night. They played the game without three of their main rotation players with Mario Chalmers serving a suspension, while Udonis Haslem and Ray Allen were out with injuries. With a short-handed team, the last thing the Heat needed was the awful performances by Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Wade and Bosh combined to go 4-of-11 from the field and scored only 11 points. The two all-stars grabbed five rebounds, had three assists and committed six turnovers. If not for LeBron James playing at his normal MVP level with 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting and contributions from Michael Beasley, Rashard Lewis and Chris Andersen, the Heat would have lost to the Bobcats and had to answer questions about coasting through the regular season.
The deep bench that Miami showed will serve them will throughout the regular season, but the performance by Wade has to scare the coaching staff. This was his first time playing both games of a back-to-back, and he had his worst game in years. The last time he played a regular season game where he scored less than four points in more than 20 minutes was on November 22, 2010 against the Indiana Pacers.
With the knee issues Wade has, this may not be looked at as an off night and rather an inability to be productive in consecutive games. On the first back-to-back the Heat had this year, they rested Wade on the second night as a precaution. They may have to start resting him as a necessity after his awful game against the Bobcats.
Bosh, on the other hand, got into foul trouble early and was never able to catch a rhythm. This happens to him occasionally and the Heat have the depth to cover for him on those nights. With the signing of Beasley, the Heat also have the depth to sit Wade out of those back-to-back games and keep him rested for the postseason.